For new degree students
By selecting a degree programme you are able to see the general content as well as the possible degree programme-specific content. You do not have to select a degree programme to see the Open University's instructions.
Search for degree programme
When you search for a degree programme by name or by part of the name the options in the list of degree programmes below the search field is narrowed down. After this you have to choose the degree programme from the list.
Master's and Licentiate's Programmes
Specialist training programmes
First steps of a new degree student
Please follow these instructions carefully, as they are intended for all new Bachelor’s and Master’s students.
Don't wait - get prepared for your studies
This page offers useful information on what new students should explore and do before the beginning of the academic year.
You must apply for a residence permit if you plan to study in Finland for longer than three months.
Have a look at this list of useful hints and sources of information for house hunters.
Register with the authorities
After arriving in Finland you will have to register with a few relevant authorities within a certain period of time.
Orientation and Tutoring
Here you will find information concerning the orientation period and student tutors.
Did you miss orientation?
Were you unable to take part in orientation? Don’t worry, you still have a chance to easily get to grips with your studies by following these instructions.
Finding your way
This article discusses the many options that help you find your way to downtown Helsinki and to the different campuses upon your arrival to Finland.
Study planning and supervision
A personal study plan (PSP) is part of every degree. In a PSP, you can yourself plan how you intend to progress in your studies.
Language PSP – Proficiency in the languages of Finland
The aim of this Language PSP (personal study plan) is to help you reflect on and set goals for learning Finnish/Swedish – primarily independently and, if necessary, through discussions with your teachers.
Vocabulary for new students
Whether you are a new or an old student, here you can find explanations for key terms related to academic studies and student life.
Open a bank account
If you are studying in Finland for a longer time it is advisable to open a Finnish bank account.
If you are liable to pay for tuition, this page is for you. You can find the payment instructions and all other relevant information for the first academic year from the University’s website.
Accident insurance for students
University students, upper secondary school students and pupils in comprehensive school classes 7–9 are covered by a statutory accident insurance taken out in Pohjola Insurance by the University.
Students’ responsibilities in studies
As a student you have responsibilities such as attending classes and turning in your assignments.
Student's digital skills
Student’s Digital Skills is a compulsory course for all undergraduate students pursuing a first-cycle degree at the University of Helsinki. The course content includes information about navigating within the University’s digital learning environments, especially useful at the start of your studies.
Updating your personal information and contact details
You can update your contact details on Sisu or notify a Student service point.
The student service points provide student advice for all students at the University of Helsinki.
Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) and student nations
HYY’s members consist of all basic degree students of the University of Helsinki as well as postgraduate and exchange students who have joined the Student Union. HYY serves as an advocate, service provider and community for students.
Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS)
The Finnish Student Health Service can help you with your health and illness related questions.
Culture Shock & Homesickness
Whether it is for a few months or for a longer period of time, moving abroad is a decision that entails curiosity, a will to learn, an open mind and adaptability.
UniSport sport services
UniSport offers affordable sport services on all University of Helsinki campuses.
Course selection in Swedish
Courses available also in Swedish!
Find out about the opportunities the University of Helsinki offers to gain international proficiency abroad and at your home institution.
Information for parents
The University of Helsinki offers excellent services for international students, but as the parent of a new student you play a significant supporting role as well.